Monday, November 11, 2013

Life and Fortune

I know we have all wondered at one point in our lives how great it would be to have wealth and/or be famous.  For a quick moment, I started envisioning what it would be like not worrying about money and having everything my heart desired.  

I also began reflecting on the celebrities and the famous people that are influential in today’s generation, and found that many are living lives with no limits, no boundaries, a careless life, and a life without God.  I realized that they once had a purpose that drove them through their journey to success, but now that the dream has been achieved, they have allowed their success to drive them to their destiny.  A life without God is meaningless, is a life without purpose, a life full of emptiness, as we all know that life begins with Christ.   Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, Every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from it, and to receive his reward, and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. 
Furthermore, I realized that many of them have lost their identity and have allowed money and fame to control their lives.  Luke 16:13 says, “No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  I can only imagine how extremely difficult it must be to serve God, and also have money, fame, and everything your heart desires.

Absolutely, God has given us the ability to reach our goals and dreams, but more importantly, He wants us to use them for His purpose, too.  Excluding God from our lives, especially when He has given us the ability to succeed, leads to destruction.  James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens.”  Always keep in mind that we were created for God’s glory, as Isaiah 43:7 says, “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory.  It was I who created them.” God’s name is written all over those who worship and praise Him. 

In everything we do we must keep God first otherwise everything will fall apart.  Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and by him all things are held together.”

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